My Three and Me have teamed up with the bookworms from holiday letting agency cottages.com to celebrate World Book Day. We are giving you, our readers the chance to win a collection of Beatrix Potter books to help fill the bookcases of your little readers!
The cottage company has more than 15,000 properties across the UK and to help you choose your next holiday destination, they have put together a map of places to visit connected with some of our favourite children’s authors and stories. If you’ve always wanted to explore the places that inspired your favourite authors or keep the family entertained by their favourite characters coming to life, why not use this handy guide to plan your next outing?
Here are some of our favourite authors and some of the places you could stay nearby.
Marvellous Museum for Roald Dahl Fans
See the fantastical world of author Roald Dahl come alive at the museum created in his honour. Featuring three interactive galleries, find out about Roald Dahl’s school days, see his original Writing Hut and in The Story Centre put your imagination centre-stage with fantabulous activities to inspire your little writer.
Roald Dahl Museum, HP16 0AL
The Windmill, Wendover, nr. Aylesbury,
Enjoy a unique holiday in this detached windmill, built around 1800, now converted to provide comfortable spacious accommodation over five floors with spectacular views over the Chiltern Hills from the second-floor sitting room. Used as a working windmill until 1900 and then the home of an actress and a music publisher, The Windmill, now minus its sails, is located in the historic market town of Wendover. Set in a quiet location, it has an attractive enclosed rear garden.
Nestling in a gap in the Chiltern Hills conveniently located to visit the Roald Dahl museum and Whipsnade Zoo. The area is blessed with a variety of walks through some of southern England’s most enjoyable countryside; the famous Ridgeway Path runs right down Wendover High Street.
Price: WAS £839, NOW £788 for three nights’ self-catering arriving on 21st March 2016. Sleeps 10 people and two pets. www.cottages.com
/ 0345 498 6900
Find Stick Man, Stick Lady and Family Three
The latest hit from favourite Julia Donaldson has been brought to life by The Forestry Commission which has created a series of Stick Man Trails throughout the UK. Not only is the trail a great way to explore nature, with a host of downloadable activities from their website, you can even have fun on rainy days!
Breathe in the stunning countryside which inspired Beatrix Potter
A visit to the Lake District is a great experience in itself, but with such a strong association with the stories of Beatrix Potter, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about this incredible author. Younger children can enjoy the Beatrix Potter Lake District Trail, following the clues to find her iconic characters amongst the countryside and for older children, a visit to her house is a brilliant insight into the writer’s life.
This cottage adjoins a 17th-century farmhouse on a traditional Lakeland working hill farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter, now owned by the National Trust. It enjoys a very quiet and secluded position, in a superb setting surrounded by rocky bracken-covered hills and high fells, in the heart of Lakeland. The views from all windows are across the magnificent Langdale Valley to the surrounding woods and mountains. Enjoy the tranquil splendour of this idyllic setting in a TV-free cottage to enable you to relax in the peace of a true away from it all holiday.
Price: £419 for seven nights’ self-catering arriving on 26th April 2016. Sleeps, four people. www.cottages.com
/ 0345 498 6900
For Harry Potter fans, there are so many places to visit across the UK, all with magical connections to the wizard world of Harry and Hogwarts. Whether it’s a trip to Alnwick Castle or Durham Cathedral to see the locations from the film or a day at Harry Potter World where you can sample Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans straight from Diagon Alley, there’s plenty to suit every J.K Rowling fan.
Harry Potter World, WD25 7LR
Alnwick Castle, NE66 1YU
Glenfinnan Viaduct, PH37 4LT
Durham Cathedral, DH1 3EH
Step back in time with the Railway Children
A trip to the picturesque Yorkshire town of Haworth offers the chance to see the train station featured in the film versions of E. Nesbit’s Railway Children. A real glimpse into the past, the traditional station is a great introduction to the classic book of adventure. Haworth also has a wealth of literary history with connections to the Bronte sisters for slightly older readers.
Oakworth Station, Haworth
When I was little we used to always go to the Lake District on holiday. I loved it and always wanted to visit The World of Beatrix Potter. I never did get to go but we’re planning a trip with the boys to the Lakes this summer so I will most definitely be paying a visit. Another place I would love to visit is the Harry Potter Tour, I am a massive fan of the books and the films. I have to admit I watched the first film before reading any of the books and really wished that I had done it the other way round as with most things the books are always better than the film adaptations. From reading the very first chapter I was sucked into the magical world of Harry Potter, I can’t wait until the boys are a little bit older so that we can enjoy them all together.If you’d like to win the collection of books fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
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